Main definitions of hale in English

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hale1

adjective

  • (of an old person) strong and healthy:

    ‘he's only just sixty, very hale and hearty’
    • ‘He looks at you and sees you're hale and hearty, he'll say, go home, don't bother, don't do anything until you find something like a loss of appetite, weight loss and so on, then come back to me…’
    • ‘A hale and hearty friend was earnestly counting the number of weekends she had left to live - given the average length of years a woman might live.’
    • ‘His mom is still hale and hearty and is living in Bronxville in Westchester County.’
    • ‘Still hale and hearty, Bridie was in great form on the night, socialising with everyone present and performed her own party piece to rapturous applause.’
    • ‘The cloned soldiers look, think, and act alike, and their performance in battle proves beyond a doubt that they are hearty and hale members of the human race.’
    • ‘Since so many people from that street are sill hale and hearty, there should be a ken interest in the event.’
    • ‘Special mention should be made of two very sporting grannies who, despite their years, were able to mix it up with the best of them and came home hale and hearty.’
    • ‘Pray that those around you are hale and hearty because then only can you live happily and peacefully.’
    • ‘Fr. Frank's mother is the former Kate Groarke from Dalton and she is still hale and hearty in the Windy City.’
    • ‘His family are enormously proud of their dad and one of his daughters tells me that Willie is hale and hearty and had just sown a lawn with her the evening we spoke.’
    • ‘Save the odd case, this year has been good, the flock is hale and hearty, with strong wings and cheerful hearts.’
    • ‘Yes, it's 50 years since Jimmy and Peggy walked down the aisle and thank God Jimmy and Peggy are still hale and hearty today, and one couldn't meet a nicer or more loving couple.’
    • ‘But, as the teacher said, he was hale and hearty.’
    • ‘He said: ‘It's wonderful that he is looking so hale and hearty.’’
    • ‘I know it will be better with the distraction of new kitties in the house but I simply can't welcome the additions until Dr. Susan tells me they are hale and hearty.’
    • ‘Margaret the mother of eleven children, 29 grandchildren and Great Grandmother of three is hale and hearty and welcomed all who came to deliver their congratulations.’
    • ‘Seamus is still hale and hearty and over the years was a great community activist, progressive farmer and powerful drams enthusiast - both on and off the stage.’
    • ‘Paddy is still hale and hearty and in good health and as well he still continues his usual interests.’
    • ‘John, who is in his mid 80s, is still hale and hearty and is enjoying his retirement in his native Knockeenahone, having retired from the Diocese of Leeds in England about ten years ago.’
    • ‘She was hale and hearty when she attracted the recent party and all the Scully family wish her health and happiness for the future.’
    healthy, well, fit, fighting fit, in good health, bursting with health, in excellent shape, in fine fettle, fit as a fiddle, fit as a flea, in tip-top condition
    flourishing, blooming, strong, robust, vigorous, hardy, sturdy, hearty, lusty, able-bodied
    in the pink, right as rain, full of vim, up to snuff
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Origin

Old English, northern variant of hāl ‘whole’.

Pronunciation:

hale

/heɪl/

Main definitions of hale in English

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hale2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]archaic
  • Drag or draw forcibly:

    ‘he haled an old man out of the audience’
    • ‘‘Eric either you tell us what's wrong now, or I'll hale it out of you,’ I told him.’
    • ‘He talks about his love of music, quoting Shakespeare: ‘Isn't it strange that sheep guts should hale souls out of men's bodies?’’
    • ‘Tomorrow he will be haled before a court for his crimes.’
    • ‘Before I could say anything I felt myself being dragged, somehow I managed to grab Tori's shirt haling him to his feet, and dragging him along behind me.’
    • ‘In any case, the death of Pelléas is a crude murder by a crazed enemy, whose depravity has already been manifest in the horrendous scene in which Golaud hales Mélisande up and down by the hair of her lovely head.’

Origin

Middle English: from Old French haler, from Old Norse hala.

Pronunciation:

hale

/heɪl/